Back in July, we told you that Ubisoft, maker of the historical action-adventure video game franchise Assassin’s Creed, had created a decidedly artistic and original campaign, titled “Defy History“, to promote the next installment of its popular series — Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag.
Playing off the game’s historical setting and furthering the concept of video games as art, the promo urged fans to “become part of a masterpiece” by digitally placing their own faces in an Age of Piracy-themed painting crafted by artists from L’Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris.
Hundreds of gamers contributed their likenesses to the project, and after an online vote, the winning faces were added to the swashbuckling masterpiece, which is now complete and on digital display. The painting is set to be hung in Le Musee de la Marine this November, just after the game’s October PS3 release, and just in time for its release on other systems, also scheduled for November.
In the meantime, visitors to the video game’s website are encouraged to explore the painting, look for hidden videos, and check out the list of winners who will be immortalized forever in video game (and Parisian art) history.